The sport coaching profession has historically been and continues to be a White male-dominated occupation and this remains a global issue. This imbalance persists despite an improvement in wider social attitudes and legislation towards equality and diversity within many societies, and despite the action by sporting organisations and national governing bodies. Within the research literature, the underrepresentation of women in sport coaching is a well-documented issue with a number of research studies highlighting the experiences and impact of being in the minority for women coaches. The issue of gender inequity in sport coaching is a long-standing one and shows little sign of changing significantly anytime soon. Therefore, a new approach is needed, one that draws on the knowledge and evidence we have to create actionable, sustainable, deep-rooting interventions that challenge the issue of gender equity at its very core. The overall purpose of Improving Gender Equity in Sports Coaching is to take an action or forward-thinking approach about what works, or could work, to improve the recruitment, development, or promotion of women sport coaches. The book brings together a global group of esteemed scholars working in this subject area. In this book, we have brought together not just the insight but also a collection of strategies and recommendations as to how this research could be or has been utilised to make our sport coaching envrionment places where all coaches feel as though they belong. As such, this ground-breaking book is a must read not just for students and researchers of gender equity in sport but also for policy and decision-makers working in sport.

chapter |7 pages


Bringing About Sustainable Change to Improving Gender Equity in Sport Coaching
ByLeanne Norman

part Part I|41 pages

Setting the Scene

chapter 1|19 pages

The Glass Cliff, Gender, and Sport Leadership

A Narrative Review and Meta-Analysis
ByGeorge B. Cunningham

chapter 2|20 pages

Gender Stereotypes as Mechanisms of Social Exclusion of Women as Football Coaches

ByTorsten Schlesinger, Florian Ingwersen, Yvonne Weigelt-Schlesinger

part Part II|105 pages

Strategies for Supporting a More Gender-Inclusive Sport Coaching Workforce

chapter 3|17 pages

Transformational Change

Creating a New Culture of Sport Coaching
ByGuylaine Demers, Cari Din, Penny Werthner

chapter 5|15 pages

Can Sex-Integrated Sport Provide a Gender-Equitable Coaching Environment?

ByDonna de Haan, Lucy Dumbell

chapter 6|17 pages

It's on Boys! University Coach Educators and the Production, Maintenance, and Disruption of Gender Structures

ByNatalie Barker-Ruchti, Laura Purdy, Lolita Dudeniene

chapter 7|17 pages

Gender-Equity Policies in Sport in Practice

From Words to Action
BySusanna Soler, Ingrid Hinojosa-Alcalde, Pedrona Serra, Ana Andrés

chapter 8|18 pages

Organisation-Level Practices to Support Women in Coaching

ByLaura Burton, Ajhanai Newton

part Part III|97 pages

From Research to Practice

chapter 9|18 pages

Shared Experiences From the Margins

Culturally Diverse Women in Coaching in Aotearoa New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom
ByJulia Symons

chapter 10|21 pages

Supporting and Developing Women in Sport Coaching

A Lifespan Career Approach
ByNicole LaVoi, Courtney J. Boucher

chapter 11|19 pages

An Evaluation of a Mentoring Programme to Support High-Performance Women Coaches

ByLuke Norris, Nicola Clarke, Leanne Norman

chapter 13|20 pages

‘If There Were More Women Coaches Around, I Think Things Would Be Different’ Women Boxing Coaches

Struggles to Challenge and Change a Male-Dominated Sport Environment
ByJorid Hovden, Anne Tjønndal